Position Title: Associate Artistic Director
Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Start Date: Immediately
Salary Range: $65,000-$70,000
ABOUT CANADIAN STAGE
Canadian Stage is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit contemporary performing arts organizations. An anchor organization in Toronto’s vibrant cultural scene, Canadian Stage is a home for new and dynamic art forms, as well as an incubator and exporter of leading-edge contemporary and multidisciplinary performance.
Sharing innovative work from Canada and across the world, the company stages an annual season across three Toronto venues, including its beautiful heritage building on Berkeley and Front Street located in the vibrant St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood.
In its long and storied history, Canadian Stage has employed thousands of artists and produced hundreds of new productions to over 5,000,000 audience members, including the premieres of over 350+ new Canadian theatre and dance works. Many of the plays developed by Canadian Stage have been awarded and nominated for Canada's most prestigious literary and performing arts honours, including Governor General's, Chalmers, and Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
ABOUT THE POSITION
Canadian Stage is looking to hire a creative and ambitious Associate Artistic Director who is excited to contribute to our artistic team. Working closely with and reporting to the Artistic Director, the Associate Artistic Director will be a leading contributor to setting and executing the artistic direction, strategies and initiatives of the organization. They will also lead Canadian Stage’s growing New Works Development Department.
The successful candidate will be a highly creative arts manager whose career interests lie at the cross section of designing and supporting creative processes, dramaturgy and producing. The candidate will have a deep passion for and knowledge of contemporary theatre and dance, and a specific and clear sense of their taste. They will be equally comfortable in creative planning as they are at logistical execution.
The position presents a fantastic opportunity to contribute to a unique and rapidly changing contemporary performing arts organization and is ideal for an individual who is equally artistic and administrative oriented and who is looking to build a career in arts leadership at an organizational level.
This full-time position combines forward-thinking artistic visioning, day to day programmatic execution and dramaturgical contribution to a robust new work development program. The Associate Artistic Director collaborates regularly with the Artistic Director in the execution of the artistic vision across the organization.
- Aid Artistic Director in season planning by participating in weekly programming committee meetings
- In collaboration with the Artistic Director, advance goals for equity, diversity and inclusion in Canadian Stage’s artistic program
- Aid the artistic and marketing teams in the development and execution of ancillary programming in support of the season and the artistic objectives of the organization
- In accordance with the organization’s artistic mandate, oversee new work development at Canadian Stage. This includes oversight of an artistic development budget and building a funding plan for growth in this area
- When appropriate, act as dramaturge and/or director on specific projects
- Supervise a portfolio of artist outreach and development programs
- Manage the process for unsolicited script submissions, including interns and contracted play readers
- Foster communication and positive relationships with the local, national and international artistic communities and with the community at large by being an active contributor to these communities
- Excellent collaborator and communicator
- Experience managing the needs of various constituencies at once
- Commitment to leading with equity, diversity and inclusion principles
- Commitment to and a strong sense of the Toronto arts community and the city itself, the Canadian cultural milieu, and the international scene with an understanding of what is needed from Canadian Stage as a leader
Team player and inclusive leader
- Strong analytical and dramaturgical skills
- Integrity and discretion
- Project management
- Strong public speaking skills
The ideal candidate will be a resourceful, energetic, curious and positive professional with exceptional producing and communication skills. They will be able to think strategically, unite different interests and clarify goals for both the artistic staff and the organization as a whole. They must be most comfortable acting as both a representative of the organization and an idea generator, serving to both create and maintain a culture of transparency, clarity and innovation within the artistic team and in their interactions with the rest of the organization. They need to understand and appreciate the history and legacy of Canadian Stage while being a thought leader in the necessary changes being made to re-invest in the organization’s vitality.
- Canadian Stage gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion
- Experience in leading the development of high caliber new artistic works
- A demonstrated expertise in budgeting, producing and managing artistic projects
- At least five years professional experience in the performing arts
- At least five years of progressively responsible and successful experience in managing, motivating and inspiring people to accomplish common objectives
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills – characterized by the ability to listen, speak and write well
This position is located in Toronto at our Berkeley Street Theatre office. Some evening and weekend hours will be required.
STATEMENT OF INTENTION
Canadian Stage is committed to building an anti-racist, equitable and inclusive cultural institution. We work to reflect the stories, ideas, concerns, and priorities of the communities we have been entrusted to serve authentically and meaningfully.
To address the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous administrators at our organization, and to affirm the importance of diverse lived experiences and perspectives, we encourage and welcome applicants who identify as Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.
Effective October 1, 2021, Canadian Stage will only engage and contract individuals who are fully vaccinated. Proof of full vaccination will be required for the Associate Artistic Director candidate selected. The Theatre will inform the candidate of current working conditions at the start of the project and ensure that all government or Public Health guidelines, including physical distancing, PPE, and allowable gathering limits are adhered to throughout the project.
Applications should include:
- A Letter of Intent stating the candidate’s interest in the position and relevant experience. The letter should be no longer than two pages.
- A Resume
Please merge your cover letter and resume into one PDF. Please send your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org and use the email subject header, “Associate Artistic Director”
Please submit your application no later than June 30, 2022.
Canadian Stage is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free experience to applicants with accessibility or other needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process.
All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we sincerely thank all candidates for their interest and efforts, only those short-listed for interviews will be contacted.